Zika virus has started making headlines recently. The first I saw of it was an article titled “El Salvador urges against pregnancies until 2018 as Zika virus spreads“, which caught my attention, since no babies for two years is a pretty drastic step. Predictably, there are now those offering “Zika virus protection products“, as well as a Zika virus vaccine in the works (but likely not available for widespread use soon).
Since I had never heard of this virus before, I figure others might not have heard of it, either, so I figured I’d cover the basics of Zika virus and Zika disease so we have a working knowledge of the problem. If something is dangerous enough to have countries talking about banning babies, it deserves attention, and if there are other factors involved, they should be known, too….